I’ve asked people what “lies” obama told during the debate the other night – some of romney’s include gems like “people with pre-existing conditions would be covered under my plan”. How would they be covered you ask? By the power of magic and fairy dust – because his plan is “the states should do something about that”. By that logic obama’s plan of sitting on his hands for the next four years would fix the economy, pollution, unemployment, and usher in an age of world peace and brotherly love. But I digress… The “lies” obama told are all as far as I can tell more in the category of “depends how you look at it” figures. In the first round of fact-checks politifact did only showed one that ranked “false” (rather than mostly true or half true) and that was “by that definition donald trump is a small business” and they used the tax code definition when he was talking about what romney had just said, not the tax code.
But anyway, I wanted to share some of the more ridiculous items on the GOP website’s list of obama’s “lies”:
“LIE #1: OBAMA SAYS HIS PLAN REDUCES THE DEFICIT BY $4 TRILLION”
Why is it a lie? Because he already got some of those cuts done so they shouldn’t count as his plan. (paraphrasing)
“LIE #4: OBAMA SAYS ROMNEY’S PLAN WOULD RAISE TAXES ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES”
Why is it a lie? I’ll quote the site:
“Romney says his plan wouldn’t raise taxes on anyone, and his campaign points to several studies by conservative think tanks that dispute the Tax Policy Center’s findings. Most of the conservative studies argue that Romney’s tax plan would stimulate economic growth, generating additional tax revenue without shifting any of the tax burden to the middle class.”
No evidence, no logic, no numbers, no nothing. Just “these are not the droids you’re looking for”.
“LIE #5: OBAMA SAYS HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS ARE BECOMING MORE AFFORDABLE”
Ironically, this is actually a lie, he said they cost is increasing, but more slowly.
“Over the last two years, health care premiums have gone up, it is true, but they have gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years.”
“LIE #6: OBAMA SAYS GOV. ROMNEY’S PLAN IS A $5 TRILLION TAX CUT”
Why is this a lie?
“The president said Romney was proposing a $5 trillion tax cut and Romney said he wasn’t. The president is off base here – Romney says his rate cuts and tax eliminations would be offset and the deficit wouldn’t increase.”
See the non-sequiter? Romney doesn’t eat apples because he eats more oranges than apples.
The website continues:
“By themselves, those cuts would, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, lower federal tax liability by ‘about $480 billion in calendar year 2015′ compared with current tax policy, with Bush cuts left in place. The Obama campaign has extrapolated that figure out over 10 years, coming up with a $5 trillion figure over a decade.”
So it is true, but math is a lie. And remember kids, science is just a theory. The site also gives the quote:
“Romney proposes to reduce income tax rates by 20 percent and eliminate the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax. The Tax Policy Center, a Washington research group, says that would reduce federal tax revenues by $465 billion in 2015, which would add up to about $5 trillion over 10 years. However, Romney says he wants to pay for the tax cuts by reducing or eliminating tax credits, deductions and exemptions. The goal is a simpler tax code that raises the same amount of money as the current system but does it in a more efficient manner.”
They pretend the president was ignoring the other side of the coin when what he actually said was that if he wants to cut taxes that much then even if he took away every deduction the rich have (including the one for giving money to charity) he’d still have to raise taxes on the middle class by nixing their deductions to pay for the cuts.
The next one is my favorite.
“LIE #10: OBAMA SAYS HE HAS CREATED 5 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS”
Why is it a lie?
“After the economy plummeted in late 2007 and throughout 2009, the United States has gained 4.6 million private-sector jobs since the labor market bottomed in February 2010 – or 5.1 million under preliminary revisions released last week that are not part of the official tally by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Still, that’s weak by historical standards.”
I shit you not, it’s true but it’s a lie because we’re not impressed by it.
I could go into some of the other ones but these are the especially fucked up examples of delusional spin.